New Music And The Brain


6:00 pm

Associate Professor Neil McLachlan

Date: Monday 19 September 2011
Time: 6pm
Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr of Southbank Blvd and Sturt St, Southbank
Cost: Free
Bookings essential:

Music theory and training has been based on the idea that pitch and harmony were properties of sound, rather than of the brain. Associate Professor Neil McLachlan will share recent brain research that shows how musicians’ brains adapt to musical cultures to perceive pitch and other musical information.


Associate Professor Neil McLachlan (Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne) has professional experience in music performance and composition, acoustic design, electronic and aerospace engineering and in music and auditory neuroscience. He is the inventor of the World's first harmonic bells and percussion ensembles, and the designer of an internationally awarded music reproduction system. To inform these design projects he collaborated with Associate Professor Sarah Wilson to develop the first end to end neurocognitive model of the brain's auditory pathways, and is currently implementing this model with engineers at the Victorian Life-Sciences Supercomputing Facility.